cheryl mackey smith  fine art

"Folds: Along the Pathway"   40" x 40". Framed
"Folds: Along the Pathway" 40" x 40". Framed
"Folds: Smokey Cascade"   20" x 40"
"Folds: Smokey Cascade" 20" x 40"
"Convergence"   40" x 40"   Framed
"Convergence" 40" x 40" Framed
"Pods: Safe Havens".  30" x 40"
"Pods: Safe Havens". 30" x 40"
"Pods: Hidden Hideaways"    30" x 30"
"Pods: Hidden Hideaways" 30" x 30"
"Layers: Burst".  24" x 24"
"Layers: Burst". 24" x 24"
"Ribbons: Flowing Ripples"    20" x 30"
"Ribbons: Flowing Ripples" 20" x 30"
"Layers: Beneath"   20" x 40"
"Layers: Beneath" 20" x 40"
"Layers: Rings".  30" x 40"
"Layers: Rings". 30" x 40"
"Layers: Desert Winds".  28" x 36"
"Layers: Desert Winds". 28" x 36"
"Layers" Detail
"Layers" Detail
"Layers: Buried Treasure".  28" x 36"
"Layers: Buried Treasure". 28" x 36"
"Voices of the Earth"   24" x 36"
"Voices of the Earth" 24" x 36"
"Folds" Rustling Leaves"   30" x 30"
"Folds" Rustling Leaves" 30" x 30"
"Folds: Smokey Petals".  30" x 40"
"Folds: Smokey Petals". 30" x 40"

Pit Fired Work

This collection of work was created by hand-forming individual pieces of clay. The small pieces  have been bisque-fired in my kiln.  After the pieces  have cooled, I reburn them in a shallow outdoor pit. I use the clippings from around the property including twigs and grasses as well as dried leaves. I often add banana leaves and sawdust to the burn. Following the pit-firing, the small pieces are then hand-washed and scrubbed gently with a toothbrush to remove the soot! The smokey pieces remind me of the variations in colors of the natural world. As the clay has originally come from the ground, I return it to the ground to allow the natural fire to enhance the finished pieces.